A song of ascents, 2 by David.
124:1 “If the Lord had not been on our side” –
let Israel say this! –
124:2 if the Lord had not been on our side,
when men attacked us, 3
124:3 they would have swallowed us alive,
when their anger raged against us.
124:4 The water would have overpowered us;
the current 4 would have overwhelmed 5 us. 6
124:5 The raging water
would have overwhelmed us. 7
124:6 The Lord deserves praise, 8
for 9 he did not hand us over as prey to their teeth.
124:7 We escaped with our lives, 10 like a bird from a hunter’s snare.
The snare broke, and we escaped.
124:8 Our deliverer is the Lord, 11
the Creator 12 of heaven and earth.
1 sn Psalm 124. Israel acknowledges that the Lord delivered them from certain disaster.
2 sn The precise significance of this title, which appears in Pss 120-134, is unclear. Perhaps worshipers recited these psalms when they ascended the road to Jerusalem to celebrate annual religious festivals. For a discussion of their background see L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 (WBC), 219-21.
3 tn Heb “rose up against us.”
4 tn Or “stream.”
5 tn Heb “would have passed over.”
6 tn Heb “our being.” The Hebrew term נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh) with a pronominal suffix is often equivalent to a pronoun, especially in poetry (see BDB 660 s.v. נֶפֶשׁ 4.a).
7 tn Heb “then they would have passed over our being, the raging waters.”
8 tn Heb “blessed [be] the
9 tn Heb “[the one] who.”
10 tn Heb “our life escaped.”
11 tn Heb “our help [is] in the name of the
12 tn Or “Maker.”